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Music appears to be one of the fundamental activities of mankind In nearly every country around the world people are dancing singing jiving or chillin to their favorite tunes There is just something about the variations of musical notes all mixed together that can alter the way we act feel and even think It is generally agreed that music causes some kind of increased arousal in those who are the least bit interested in it and are listening with some degree of concentration In depth studies have shown that music can reduce pain in childbirth strengthen immune systems and give surgery patients fewer complications with a much faster recovery Take two 108 The latest claim is that listening to classical music can enhance ones ability to reason abstractly in turn boosting a persons IQ intelligence quotient The question is is the claim really valid Astonishingly this idea is taken as fact in most parts of America when really it is a theory based on much exaggerationThis idea of there being a link between classical music and a persons IQ is commonly referred to as the Mozart Effect a term coined by Alfred Tomatis This was first suggested about six years ago by a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Halpern 1 Using music as treatment for psychological or physical disorders is an idea that has existed in many forms in many cultures and for many centuries Marwick 267 Well so what Music may play a role in how a person acts or feels But does becoming smarter by listening to this same music fall along similar lines
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